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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 3012..


was the Leader of the Opposition going into denial, saying they did it through an open process, therefore, it was okay to get $10,000 out of the community organisations. What I saw was the Leader of the Opposition saying words that people got petrol vouchers. There were 100 $100 Woolworths vouchers. They can be used for petrol; they can be used in Big W; they can be used to purchase food. What I saw from the Leader of the Opposition was an absolute disgrace. A couple of weeks ago, with great pride, the Leader of the Opposition said, "We got 30 new members, and in my office I tick off every single one of them,"yet he cannot see $10,000 of a community grant coming his way.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Porter has a supplementary.

MS PORTER: Minister, what is the impact of this amount of $10,000 being denied to the truly disadvantaged in our community at a critical time, such as during the global financial crisis?

MS BURCH: I challenge any one of you over there to say that $10,000 would not be benefiting a community organisation. Those over there have made that denial. They can continually interject around gaming but I remind them that they received gaming money. It is an attack on the club industry. What this is from those over there is an attack on the club industry, saying that every bit of income into ClubsACT is from problem gamblers. Therefore, the eight per cent that they give to the community is from problem gamblers.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members. Let us have some silence in the chamber. The minister has the floor. We need to tone this down. Minister Burch.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are now warned for interjecting. I have just asked for some quiet. Immediately you interjected. Ms Burch.

MS BURCH: ClubsACT provide eight per cent by way of community contribution. I ask those over there: where does that money come from? And if they want to make those claims, those fraud claims, against this side of the fence, then they make it against those clubs that are making those contributions to the community.

Director of Public Prosecutions

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney-General, on 31 May 2011 the Secretariat circulated an amendment to the half-yearly performance report for the six months to December 2010 in relation to the Department of Justice and Community Safety, now called the Justice and Community Safety Directorate. The amendment indicated that the average cost per matter dealt with by the Director of


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